GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - One Republican lawmaker is introducing a bill to ban clubs wheremedical marijuana is consumed.
Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, maintains that when voters OK'dmedical marijuana, they didn't envision clubs where approved userswould get high and then drive away. He is introducing the bill toban this type of activity, but not the clubs where medicalmarijuana is prescribed.
David Overholt founded the Montcalm County Compassion Club,where people with a medical need who are approved by the state cansmoke marijuana legally. More than 300 people now belong to theclub.
Overholt remembers the pain he suffered in a work-relatedaccident.
"I broke my neck," Overholt said Thursday. "And I've had sevenback operations. I was one of the people I talk about. I was onnarcotics."
He agrees there is a need for more research on when it's safe todrive, following marijuana use.
"There needs to be a system where with this much, you are notimpaired, or with this much, you are impaired," Overholt said.
But, he said, Michigan residents had their say when they votedto legalize medical marijuana -- and politicians need tolisten.
"It's the first time in the history of Michigan that any resultsfrom any election were that overwhelming," he said. "But still, wefound politicians that think they know what's good for the people.And the people have spoke -- but still, they know better."
More than 31,000 applications for Michigan's medical marijuanaprogram have been received by the state, according to the MichiganDepartment of Community Health. About 16,000 patient registrationswere issued and more than 7,000 caregiver registrations wereissued.
24 Hour News 8 attempted to contact Jones' office, but did notreceive a call back.
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